Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Where is the Accountability?

Remember all the coverage of the Katrina disaster and the press reporting all of the rapes and killings and violence in the Superdome? And everyone and their brother beating the President with the various sticks thrown out there for general consumption? We even recall some people on this board accusing certain ethnic groups of being unable to behave in the face of a largest humanitarian disaster to hit this country in years.

Turns out, it was mostly bullshit.

Read this story here. And this story here. All those murders? ZERO. The six bodies in the Superdome were 4 natural deaths, one OD and one suicide. The rapes? NOT EVEN ONE can be confirmed. In a dome full of tens of thousands, there ought to be (no, strike that) THERE WILL BE one honest witness to come forward, but no one has. The one attempted rape that witnesses recall was thwarted when other citizens beat the tar out of the attacker themselves. Check out this quote:
  • "I think 99 percent of it is bulls---," said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Lachney, who played a key role in security and humanitarian work inside the Dome. "Don't get me wrong, bad things happened, but I didn't see any killing and raping and cutting of throats or anything. ... Ninety-nine percent of the people in the Dome were very well-behaved."
Compare that quote to this one:
  • In interviews with Oprah Winfrey, (N.O. Police Chief) Compass reported rapes of "babies," and Mayor Ray Nagin spoke of "hundreds of armed gang members" killing and raping people inside the Dome. Unidentified evacuees told of children stepping over so many bodies, "we couldn't count."
All lies. The only shooting in the Superdome was a soldier who shot himself in the leg when attacked in a dark locker room. Go read the above links. Then read them again. Then ask yourself first of all, where is the media accountability? How can the media get away with reporting out and out falsehoods that most likely diverted necessary manpower from rescues to non existent emergencies?

Secondly, how about apologies from the mayor and police chief of New Orleans for spreading stories that they knew couldn't be confirmed. And from people like Oprah for giving them a platform for it. And people like that goofy rapper throwing out incendiaries about the president not caring about black people. Way to stereotype your own people!

And third, if you were one of those posters we mentioned in the first paragraph, people who couldn't wait to believe the BS coming out about the people in the Superdome, wipe the superior smirk off your faces and wonder why people are so quick to believe the crap the media feeds us.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uhh, anyone who's been the police for five minutes knows that a certain ethnic group embraces myth and storytelling (i.e. exaggeration) as a major part of their culture. Its impossible to get a straight story out of them. I knew all those stories were bullshit the moment I heard them. Folks crazymakin and what not...

9/27/2005 06:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is anyone surprised.....make up a bunch of stories to help lay blame and say it is racial. What goes around comes around

9/27/2005 06:28:00 PM  
Blogger SweetBabyRay said...

And who grossly overstated the death toll at 10,000 in New Orleans?? A figure about ten times the actual one. Almost as many people died in the 1995 Chicago heat wave than in New Orleans.

Sept 02, 2005
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana said the death toll from Hurricane Katrina could top 10,000 in his state alone, though he emphasized his figure was premature and unofficial.
"My guess is that it will start at 10,000, but that is only a guess," Vitter said, according to Agence France-Presse.

Sept 05, 2005
In New Orleans, Nagin upticked his estimate of the probable death toll in his city from merely thousands, telling NBC's "Today" show, "It wouldn't be unreasonable to have 10,000."

9/27/2005 07:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My take is this. Sex and violence sells commercials for Oprah and the rest of the media. Reality is not really an issue. Will they apoligize or give the truth? When have they before. As far as race, I think that's part of the sale. Who produces these news stories( I should emphise STORIES ) ? Usually early 20's suburban white kids. They know the least about reality, but are quick to know what sells.

9/27/2005 07:46:00 PM  
Anonymous joe smith said...

oh m can your irish blarney bs water carrying already

9/27/2005 07:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent post re: media accountability. The answer...there is no media accountability. To expect that those reporting certain stories to go back and either retract their reporting or correct their mistakes is like expecting the tooth fairy; it ain't going to happen.

9/27/2005 08:09:00 PM  
Anonymous george orwell's hole said...

Check out some of THIS crap the media helped feed us/helped us to forget. Yeah it's time for some changes!

9/27/2005 10:34:00 PM  
Anonymous FEMA Director said...

Ya, 10,000 DEAD!!! Let's bash Bush!!

Oh wait, only 800 dead! Let's still bash Bush!!

Chicago 1995
According to this measure, 739 Chicagoans above the norm died during the week of 14 to 20 July—which means that Donoghue had been conservative in his accounts.

Did anyone bash Clinton for letting this happen on his watch?? Daley is still in office. Fu** all Democratics!!

800 died in the biggest natural disaster in the last 75 years.

Yet 739 died in one week in Chicago?? 800 to 739??

Daley should be ashamed!!

9/27/2005 11:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Rusty Ghetto Spinner Rims said...

funny link about looters

9/27/2005 11:52:00 PM  
Anonymous whistleblower said...

Mr Northern,
I would call you Sergeant but you are now a civilian. Please call yourself such.
I am so glad that you can use such big words like: ad hominem, cogent and cerebral. I would be so lost without you. Thank You for retiring from CPD and continuing to post on this blogsite. Your knowledge is sooo vast...I just can't believe that you can find the time to post here being so busy and all.

I'd bet that sometimes it takes you half a day to learn the definition of a big word.

I'm honored you contacted our beloved chaplain, father tom nangle. Did he explain to you how he makes twice the amount of money you do? Or how a whole one-third of money raised for the Police Chaplains Ministry Fund actually goes to the charity.

Oh wait, the story is 3 years old. Ok so $110,000 a year is too small. It's probably $145,000 a year now.

Get a life northern!! & Quit trying to come off as mr morality with a brain.

9/28/2005 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The media confused Rock Cocaine Smoking $2.00 hoes with women being raped.

Not their fault. Not many non-police have watched public acts of rock heads performing oral, vaginal and anal sex all in a row with consent.

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him piss till he is ready.

9/28/2005 01:42:00 AM  
Anonymous NorthSide said...

Anonymous 12:22:09 AM

Good morning, "boss"!

My reply may be found under the thread entitled "Hey, look! They agree with us!"

9/28/2005 05:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the deal, Northern,

In regards to Father Tom, the salary is one thing, fine, but what about the 35 cents per dollar deal? There's no paid office, as far as I know he operates from Mercy Home, right?

The events to which I have contributed much money over the years are run by the Gold Star Families. No expense there for the Chaplains Fund. So where does the money go?

He should send a letter out, as soon as possible, addressing these issues. I am dismayed. He has received my last dollar. The Gold Star families shall suffer.

If there is a direct way to contribute there I shall, if not, his letters now go into the garbage. He has let down alot of people.

9/28/2005 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooops, sorry,for the three posts. Was an accident. Delete two if you can Mr. Moderator.

9/28/2005 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous NorthSide said...

Here's the deal, Torquemada.

Take one gallon of generic coffee and heat to at least 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour in enema bag. Since you are so full of shit, add one 8 oz. cup of hydrochloric acid for best results.

I suspect you have a loose sphincter so lubricant will not be necessary.

Also, don't forget your meds, "boss".

9/28/2005 02:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This below information was received from an unidentified Deputy in New
Orleans. It is his observations and opinion of what went wrong in New
Orleans. It makes for interesting reading.

New Orleans Politics caused the problems

I am a Sheriff's Deputy who is part of Homeland Security and Emergency
Preparedness in the New Orleans MSA.

Mayor Nagin has been speaking furiously about the lack of everything from
the State and Federal Government. Here is some info:

1. There are two States here. Louisiana and the City of New Orleans/Orleans
Parish. Always has been and always will be. When a State Law passes, Law
Makers ALWAYS write whether Orleans Parish will allow the Law or not.

2. When the MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) meets for Disaster Planning
and Equipment Purchases (6 times a year for the last 15 years), we all agree
how we will spend the Federal Money as a team since we are in this together.
Orleans DEMANDS they will choose how they will spend their portion.

3. During Communication Infrastructure Planning we ALL (N.O. MSA) purchased
Satellite Phones. We all pay several hundred dollars a month as a "Just In
Case Measure". Orleans said their Infrastructure was TOP NOTCH and the money
would be better spent on Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks. I don't know what they
bought, but it wasn't sat phones.

4. The looting, Rape (Newly Wedded European Woman who was raped and beaten
as well as MANY others), etc. That is life in New Orleans. Why people find
New Orleans a romantic, charitable place is beyond 90% of all Louisianans.
It is Hot, it Stinks, Non of us even go into New Orleans without a sidearm
and we prefer to leave our women at home. Rape's, thefts, and murder in New
Orleans are as common as a High Speed pursuit in California.

5. When we enter New Orleans to issue an arrest warrant, the SCAT (Street
Crime Arrest Team) is ALWAYS present. Me and/or other officers have been
part of 18 arrests in New Orleans and been shot at 17 times. 11 of those
were with AK-47's and 3 of those 11 had two 40-round clips taped together.

6. Even before Mayor Naggin took office the Fed's and State were never
allowed to do anything to improve New Orleans. New Orleans ALWAYS wanted the
cash to do their own improvements, their way.

7. There was no way in Hell the State was going to make a move until New
Orleans asked for help. There was No way in Hell the Fed's were going to
make a move until the Governor asked for help. That is Law.

8. The people looting and shooting have it better than ever. Those areas are
known for people living in crappy homes without electricity. Now they have
some flood water in their home. They stole guns, ammo and food. They have
never had it so good and don't want to leave.

9. The people whining the loudest about racism are the same people who
always whined about racism.

10. Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard declared martial law Monday
Night. Mayor Ray Naggin didn't want to alienate any refugees and allowed all
this to happen. We sent officers in to help. As a report of an officer being
shot and supplies and boat stolen we BEGGED Mayor Naggin to pass Martial
Law. NOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!! After 2 days, Our department left New Orleans to die,
then Mayor Naggin decided to declare Martial Law.

In our own Parish, we have arrest several refugees. We have recovered stolen
Corvettes, Escalades, Mercedes Benz, BMW's, etc. A young black female ran
over one of our officers. She was driving a Nissan with a VIN from an
Oldsmobile 88 and a Plate from Alabama registered to a Ford Van. An elderly
white man died because our Hospital was unable to fill his Oxygen Bottle.
Refugees have stolen an EMS Generator at the Mobile Command Center. Refugees
have stolen an Entergy Truck trying to restore power. Most Parishes are out
of gas at all stations and most of us cannot drive to work. All gas stations
have a 15-20 minute wait for gas. Some stations are selling only 2 gallons
per customer. One station raised prices to $5.64 a gallon. The owner refused
to lower prices, we promptly hooked him in the cuffs and dumped him in jail.
There is tons more.

Mayor Haggin had years and so did his predecessor's to prepare, but they
refused and they refused everyone else's help. Now he is bitching because no
one is coming and everything is falling apart.

The media is asking why was the State and Fed's not prepared, New Orleans
NEVER allowed us to hold drills. All other Parishes and Baton Rouge have
drills just for this. The media is asking why no help is coming for the
dead. Their Dead, we are only worried about the living. We are tying the
dead to a tree or pushing them aside in an attempt to save the living.

I say, if you want out, we'll get you out. You want to stay, then stay. I
think we should let New Orleans die and REBUILD the National Infrastructure
somewhere other than a damn Bowl.

9/28/2005 04:38:00 PM  
Anonymous switchcraft said...

Nagin Biography

Before his election, Nagin was a member of the Republican Party and had little political experience; he was a vice president and general manager at Cox Communications, a cable communications company and subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. Nagin did give contributions periodically to candidates of both parties, including President George W. Bush and former Republican U.S. Representative Billy Tauzin in 1999 and 2000, as well as to Democratic U.S. Senators John Breaux and J. Bennett Johnston earlier in the decade.

Days before filing for the New Orleans Mayoral race in February 2002, Nagin switched his party registration to the Democratic Party. Shortly before the primary election, an endorsement praising Nagin as a reformer by Gambit Magazine gave him crucial momentum that would carry through for the primary election and runoff. In the first round of the crowded mayoral election in February 2002, Nagin received first place with 29% of the vote, against such opponents as Police Chief Richard Pennington, State Senator Paulette Irons, City Councilman Troy Carter and others. In the runoff with Pennington in May 2002, Nagin won with 59% of the vote. His campaign was largely self-financed. Nagin received a majority of both black and white voters, a first in New Orleans history.

Shortly after taking office, Nagin launched an anti-corruption campaign within city government, which included crackdowns on the city's Taxicab Bureau and Utilities Department. Nagin also made a controversial endorsement of current Republican U.S. Representative Bobby Jindal in the 2003 Louisiana Gubernatorial Runoff over current Democratic Governor Kathleen Blanco, and endorsed U.S. Senator John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential race.

Nagin received a B.S. degree in accounting from Tuskegee University in 1978 and an M.B.A. degree from Tulane University in 1994. He and his wife, Seletha Smith Nagin, have three children: Jeremy, Jarin, and Tianna.

9/28/2005 06:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, Northern ignores the question and writes some goofy reply. I can see him now, laughing like the sissy he is while typing away at the computer.

For someone who is always asking some boss to answer a question, you sure duck them the same way.

By the way, I'm not a boss. Why do you always write that when confronted? And my daddy wasn't a captain to look out for me like your dad.

By the way, I heard from an old-timer, retired of course, that your dad was much more the police than you ever were.

9/28/2005 06:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh identify yourself already you hypocritical abusive stalking knob gobbler

9/28/2005 06:34:00 PM  
Anonymous NorthSide said...

6:14:03 You really need professional help, "boss". Perhaps you can discuss your issues with Father Nangle--in a confessional.
Best wishes for your recovery.

6:34:23 Eloquently stated, my brother (sister)!

9/28/2005 07:00:00 PM  
Blogger BATHROOM WALL ? said...

No prob, JRN- my pleasure! ;-)

Geting vaguely back to the initial thread topic- it doesn't do much good to cry about the media- let's blog our asses off and see if it helps the current sad "MSM" state of affairs!

Check out # 8 of "25 Questions about the Murder of New Orleans"... because Inquiring Minds ought to want to know!...#8. Why does Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld balk at making public his "severe weather execution order" that established the ground rules for the military response to Katrina? Did the Pentagon, as a recent report by the Congressional Research Service suggests, fail to take initiatives within already authorized powers, then attempt to transfer the blame to state and local governments?

9/28/2005 08:13:00 PM  

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